BANGOR, Maine — A detective with the Saco Police Department noticed that there were four unauthorized purchases on his debit card and the subsequent investigation led to two Florida men originally from Cuba being charged with credit card fraud, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Friday.
Ariel Perez-Calvo, 27, of Miami, and Roberto David Lueje Rodriguez, 29, of Hialeah, were caught on Thursday as the two prepared to travel by plane back to Florida. Perez-Calvo was arrested at Portland International Jetport and Rodriguez was arrested at a Portland motel by Maine State Police, who investigated the fraud.
Perez-Calvo was charged with Class B theft by deception and Rodriguez, who was released on $50,000 cash bail on Thursday, was charged with Class C theft by unauthorized taking and Class C theft by deception, a Penobscot County Jail official said. Perez-Calvo was held on $100,000 bail at Penobscot County Jail.
The co-defendants are accused of taking “more than $10,000 as a result of deception and with intent to deprive Town and Country Credit Union,” District Court Judge John Lucy said during Perez-Calvo’s first appearance Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.